Postgraduate Course: Theravada Buddhism from Benares to Bangkok (REST11021)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores a major branch of Buddhism from its origins in 5th century BCE North India to its present-day manifestations in South and Southeast Asia.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course students should be able to:
- describe, with attention to the significant variations, the main beliefs, practices, and historical developments of South and South-East Asian Buddhism;
- interpret textual and ethnographic sources in the context of wider knowledge of Theravada Buddhist societies past and present;
- complete a close analysis of a scriptural passage in the context of scholarly debates about the relationship between scriptural corpus and contemporary Buddhist practices;
- assess the role of both textual and ethnographic sources in our understanding of the reception and practice of Theravada Buddhism, and relate this to wider issues surrounding the use and relationship of sources in the study of religion;
- identify and evaluate key issues in Theravada literature, history, doctrine and practice using both primary and secondary sources.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Religion, Buddhism, Theravada, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Textual Studies, Ethnography.
|Course organiser||Dr Naomi Appleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8976
|Course secretary||Ms Joanne Hendry
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227